ARCHIVE COLLECTIONS

The Department of Antiquities holds a rich collection of archival material mainly relating to the research of various British archaeologists and antiquarians. These include the papers of Sir Arthur Evans, excavator of the Palace of Minos at Knossos, and his father, Sir John Evans, one of the leading prehistorians of the 19th century. The Antiquities archive collection also includes some material relating to the early history of the museum, although most of the administrative records of the institution are held by the Oxford University Archives. 

MacGregor, A. with M. Mendonça and J. White. Manuscript Catalogues of the Early Museum Collections 1683-1886, Part 1. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum and British Archaeological Reports International Series, 2000).

MacGregor, A and M. Hook. Manuscript Catalogues of the Early Museum Collections - the Vice-Chancellor's Consolidated Catalogue 1695. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum and British Archaeological Reports International Series, 2006).

ACCESS AND ENQUIRIES NOTICE

Temporary suspension of special access/enquiries
Antiquities archive collections apart from those relating to Aegean and Greek archaeology
1 April 2019 until the beginning of 2020

The reserve European Prehistory collections, Antiquities archive collections (apart from those relating to Aegean and Greek archaeology), and the non-European objects in the Founding Collection will have no curatorial support from 1 April 2019 until the beginning of 2020 while the curator is on research sabbatical leave. It will not be possible to provide access to the collections or respond to enquiries that require specialist knowledge of them during this period. The permanent galleries of European Prehistory (Gallery 17) and The Ashmolean Story (Gallery 2) will remain open and these displays will be unaffected.

General enquiries about these collections can be sent to antiquities@ashmus.ox.ac.uk. Enquiries about archives relating to Aegean and Greek archaeology (including the Sir Arthur Evans archive) should be sent to Andrew Shapland

Enquiries regarding photography for image orders and reproduction rights should be sent to the Picture Library.

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